Hoping to learn more? There have been multiple studies on faculty implementations, misunderstandings, acceptance of, and evaluation of OER. The Review Project has curated a number of empirical studies published in scholarly journals on the topic. Their general conclusion is:
"Once adopted, OER provide the permissions necessary for faculty to engage in a wide range of pedagogical innovations. In each of the studies reported above, OER were used in manner very similar to the traditional textbooks they replaced. We look forward to reviewing empirical articles describing the learning impacts of open pedagogies."
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Use this calculator provided by Ecampus Ontario to estimate the potential cost savings by using OER in place of an existing textbook.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are "teaching, learning and research materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions." (UNESCO, 2019).
OER is more than just free resources. OER materials provide everyone permission to engage in the following 5 R's:
Make, own, and control a copy of the resource
Use your original, revised, or remixed copy of the resource publicly
Edit, adapt, and modify your copy of the resource
Combine your original or revised copy of the resource with other existing material to create something new
Share copies of your original, revised, or remixed copy of the resource with others
But what about Inclusive Access textbook models? What are they and do they really help our students? Find out here
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, textbook costs increased 88% from 2006 to 2016.
Using Textbook Alternatives such as library resources, open access materials, and OER
can help students save money and potentially increase retention/completion.
Wilmington University Library. (2021, April). Open education resources (OER). https://libguides.wilmu.edu/OER
[Revised by M. Jones: July, 2020]